Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia celebrates after defeating Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Svetlana Kuznetsova claimed her second titanic victory in a row when the Russian outlasted Karolina Pliskova 3-6 6-2 7-6(6) in a thrilling White Group encounter at the WTA Finals to reach the semifinals Wednesday.Pliskova started confidently, pushing her opponent around the court with her booming forehand and holding comfortably despite struggling to find her range with the first serve, the Czech edging ahead first with a break in the fourth game.As in her win over Radwanska, Kuznetsova grew into the match and grabbed her first break in the seventh game but the Czech struck back immediately to regain the initiative.Radwanska and Pliskova are set to meet Friday with the match winner later advancing along with Kuznetsova to the semifinals.
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